Library News

Winter in paradise /

New At the Library - Tue, 2018-11-20 10:55

    ISBN: 9781478947677
    Author: Hilderbrand, Elin


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Vendetta /

New At the Library - Tue, 2018-11-20 10:55

    ISBN: 9781466887251
    Author: Johansen, Iris


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Unsheltered : a novel /

New At the Library - Tue, 2018-11-20 10:55

    ISBN: 9780062684561
    Author: Kingsolver, Barbara


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Fly girls : how five daring women defied all odds and made aviation history /

New At the Library - Tue, 2018-11-20 10:55

    ISBN: 9781328876645
    Author: O'Brien, Keith, 1973-


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The reckoning /

New At the Library - Tue, 2018-11-20 10:55

    ISBN: 9780385544160
    Author: Grisham, John


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Winter Cottage /

New At the Library - Tue, 2018-11-20 10:55

    ISBN: 9781503903883
    Author: Taylor, Mary Ellen, 1961-


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Deck the hounds /

New At the Library - Tue, 2018-11-20 10:55

    ISBN: 9781250299659
    Author: Rosenfelt, David


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Catching Christmas /

New At the Library - Tue, 2018-11-20 10:55

    ISBN: 9780310351733
    Author: Blackstock, Terri, 1957-


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The Darling Dahlias and the poinsettia puzzle /

New At the Library - Tue, 2018-11-20 10:55

    ISBN: 9780996904070
    Author: Albert, Susan Wittig


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Every breath /

New At the Library - Tue, 2018-11-20 10:55

    ISBN: 9781549194696
    Author: Sparks, Nicholas


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The Witch Elm /

New At the Library - Tue, 2018-11-20 10:55

    ISBN: 9780735224636
    Author: French, Tana


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#LITAchat – Fun New Library Tech Projects!

LITA Blog - Mon, 2018-11-19 15:26

Join us Friday, November 30, 12:00-1:00pm CDT, on Twitter to hear about, discuss, ask questions on several technology-related projects happening in the field. This month we’ll cover a digital collection infrastructure project, a unique data management project, and a project integrating Amazon’s Alexa with library discovery and calendar services!

Our panel will include:

  • Kim Pham, @tolloid, Information Technologies Librarian, University of Denver
  • Mike Paulmeno, @MikePaulmeno, Systems Librarian, Skidmore College
  • Greg Davis, @davisgr1801, Assistant Director of Library Assessment and Planning, Iowa State University Library

To participate, launch your favorite Twitter app or web browser, search for the #LITAchat hashtag, and select “Latest” to participate and ask questions. Be sure to include the hashtag #litachat.

View more information, as well as past LITAchats.

For all other questions or comments related to LITA events, contact us at (312) 280-4268 or lita@ala.org

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Tutorial Magic

LITA Blog - Wed, 2018-11-14 16:48

Tutorial Magic: Using Springshare’s LibWizard to create an online performance based assessment tool

In my current role as Student Success Librarian I am constantly on the lookout for new ways that provide evidence of our instruction efforts. The challenge in this is the need to produce and manage data that highlights students’ understanding and application of the information literacy concepts we are teaching. Given the current shift in assessment methods in library instruction performance based assessments are our best bet. Performance based assessments, “reinforce the concept that what students learn in class should be usable outside the classroom,” and provide students the opportunity to “make sense” of the how the research process and library resources work together (Oakleaf 2008). The trick is identifying useful ways to turn these assessments into trackable data. That is where online tutorials, specifically Springshare’s LibWizard platform have been extremely beneficial.

LibWizard

LibWizard  is a “feedback and assessment” platform that allows creators to create tutorials, quizzes, surveys, and forms.  For our instructional assessment purposes we used the tutorial function of the LibWizard platform. The LibWizard platform provides a wealth of resources that allowed us to create an interactive tutorial that included embedded live webpages, videos, instant feedback, and multiple question types.

While these features were essential in the development of our tutorial, other benefits for our purposes included:

  • Low cost due to existing access to other Springshare products;
  • Ability to create custom feedback for incorrect answers, which allowed for additional teaching opportunities;
  • Easy data collection and sharing option, including the ability to export specific ranges or data or email results to a specific professor;
  • Quick updates; and
  • Ability to adapt the quiz tools to show performance-based understanding of specific information literacy concepts.

Putting it into Practice

Historically our Dental Hygiene program has conducted any library/research instruction online due to a tight curriculum schedule. Previously instruction was offered through a static LibGuide and assessed through a multi-choice quiz developed using Google Forms. This created several issues from an instruction and assessment standpoint. The static nature of the LibGuide limited students engagement in the material, and the assessment tool did not provide any insight into the students’ ability to apply their understanding of the content being covered. Using multiple platforms also created reporting logistic issues.

Adapting and updating the content into an interactive online tutorial enabled us to provide us several beneficial opportunities. The first was to create an assessment tool that allowed students the flexibility to repeat the tutorial as many times as necessary to reach the 80% required by the faculty member. This repetition also allowed students the chance to review concepts they may not have fully grasped the first time it was covered, a concern for many dental hygiene students whose first language is not English.

The framed-based tutorial design of LibWizard allowed us to provide the content (embedded website, video, pdf, etc.) on one side and the assessment on the other. This structure served our needs to create something that engaged the students to put what they were learning into practice. For example, one frame or “slide” was dedicated to students’ understanding of the library’s discovery tool. While a couple of the questions are multiple choice, they are tied directly to the student’s ability to accurately use the library resource, meeting the performance-based assessment requirement.

Design Platform

User Preview

Unexpected Benefits

An unexpected benefit to using LibWizard as our assessment tool for this class has been our ability to track students’ retention of information literacy skills and concepts through the platform’s robust data tracking features. Students enter the dental hygiene program in cohorts, which presented us with the opportunity to track the same group of students through a set of classes. While only one of the classes required the students to complete the tutorial for a grade, the next semester’s class highly encouraged students to complete it again. The data collected through LibWizard provided the faculty and myself the chance to see what information the students retained and what areas they may need a refresher or additional information on. This analysis of the students’ results also gave me constructive insight on how to improve the tutorial for the 2018/2019 school year. For example, a question regarding citations was consistently missed in both semesters. After making note of this and discussing it with the faculty, we quickly determined that the wording of the question and possible answers was likely causing some confusion. While the results from the 2017/2018 have proven promising, we are waiting to collect the 2018/2019 data to determine if this new approach will have been more impactful than the previous static method.

LibWizard has proven itself to a valuable resource in our online learning toolbelt. The platforms do have their shortcomings, but with the some creative MacGyvering and support from Springshare we have been able to make it meet our needs. How would you use this new platform to enhance your institution’s instruction program?

References

Oakleaf, M. 2008. Dangers and opportunities: A conceptual map of information literacy assessment approaches. portal:Librarianship and the Academy, 8 (3)., 233-253.

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Jobs in Information Technology: November 14, 2018

LITA Blog - Wed, 2018-11-14 15:51

New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.

New This Week

Rice University, Fondren Library, Government Information Coordinator, Houston, TX

Winona State University, Electronic Resources Librarian, Winona, MN

Colorado School of Mines, System Architecture & Web Services Librarian, Golden, CO

Visit the LITA Job Site for more available jobs and for information on submitting a job posting.

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Positioning UX as a Library Service – Don’t miss this webinar!

LITA Blog - Mon, 2018-11-12 13:21

Sign up now for Positioning UX as a Library Service

University of Toronto Libraries opened a User Research and Usability (UX) Lab in September 2017, the first space of its kind on campus. The UX Lab is open to students, staff, and faculty by appointment or during weekly drop in hours.

In this 90-minute webinar, our presenter will discuss:

  • The rationale behind building a physical usability lab and why a physical space isn’t always needed (or recommended)
  • Experience with community building efforts
  • How to raise awareness of UX as a service to staff and the University community at large
  • The evolution of the lab’s services
  • Next steps

Presenter: Lisa Gayhart, User Experience Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries
Thursday November 15, 2018, 1:00 – 2:30 pm Central Time

View details and Register here.

Check out this additional LITA Fall 2018 continuing education opportunity:

Accessibility for All: Screen Readers
Presenter: Kelsey Flynn
Offered: December 18, 2018

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to LITA continuing education, contact us at (312) 280-4268 or lita@ala.org

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Jobs in Information Technology: October 31, 2018

LITA Blog - Wed, 2018-10-31 14:59

New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.

New This Week

VCU Libraries, Catalog Librarian for Special Collections, Richmond, VA

Visit the LITA Job Site for more available jobs and for information on submitting a job posting.

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Making Games and Online Interactive Content – a new LITA web course

LITA Blog - Tue, 2018-10-30 15:16

Sign up now for Making Games and Online Interactive Content

Looking for a beginner’s crash course in game making software and process? Games can be an excellent teaching resource, and game development is easier than ever. Whether you’re looking to develop your own teaching resources or run a game-making program for users, this course will give you the information you need to choose the most appropriate software development tool, structure your project, and accomplish your goals.

Presenter: Ruby Warren, User Experience Librarian, University of Manitoba Libraries
Note Date Change
February 6 – February 27, 2019

This is a blended format web course that will be delivered as 4 separate, live webinar lectures, one per week. You do not have to attend the live lectures in order to participate. The webinars will be recorded for later viewing.

View details and Register here.

Check the LITA Online Learning web page for other LITA continuing education opportunities.

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to LITA continuing education, contact us at (312) 280-4268 or lita@ala.org

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Jobs in Information Technology: October 24, 2018

LITA Blog - Wed, 2018-10-24 15:40

New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.

New This Week

New York University, Division of Libraries, Data Services Librarian, New York, NY

New York University, Division of Libraries, Provost’s Postdoctoral Librarian Fellowship Program, New York, NY

Ohio University Libraries, Web Consultant – Intermittent Position, Athens, OH

Rice University, Electronic Resources Librarian, Houston, TX

University of Arkansas, Research and Educational Services Archivist, Fayetteville, AR

Visit the LITA Job Site for more available jobs and for information on submitting a job posting.

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LITA Forum 2018 – Call for Library School Student Volunteers

LITA Blog - Wed, 2018-10-24 13:26

2018 LITA Library Technology Forum
Minneapolis, Minnesota
November 8-10, 2018

Student registration rate available – 50% off registration rate – $180

This offer is limited to graduate students enrolled in ALA-accredited programs and includes all the conference provisions of a full registration, a real bargain. In exchange for the lower registration cost, these graduate students will be asked to assist LITA organizers and Forum presenters with onsite operations. This is a great way to network and meet people active in the field.

The selected students will be expected to attend the full LITA Forum, all day Friday and Saturday. Attending the preconferences on Thursday afternoon is not required. While you will be assigned a variety of duties, you will also be able to attend Forum programs, which include 2 keynote sessions, more than 60 concurrent sessions, and a variety of social activities.

To apply for the student registration rate, complete and submit the form by Wednesday, October 31. You will be asked to provide the following:

  1. Contact information, including email address and cell phone number
  2. Name of the school you are attending
  3. Statement of 150 words (or less) explaining why you want to attend the LITA Forum

Those selected to be volunteers registered at the discounted rate will be notified no later than Friday, November 2.

Additional questions should be sent to Jason Battles at jbattles@uga.edu.

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